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Council Member Jeremiah Ellison – Ward 5 News

Historic Legislative Victories, Free Job Coaching, Community Resources, and more!

Council Member Jeremiah Ellison

A Northside Newsletter

From Ward 5 Minneapolis City Council Member, Jeremiah Ellison.

Restore the Vote

Historic Legislative Victories At the Capitol

Early this week, the Minnesota Senate passed two historic pieces of legislation to the governor’s desk for signature that would (1) restore voting rights for people with felony convictions once they leave prison and (2) allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.

The “Restore the Vote” Bill is a proposal that impacts more than 50,000 Minnesotans who are disenfranchised because of current state rules for people with felony records. Senate President Bobby Joe Champion is the chief author for the Minnesota Senate while Representative Cedrick Frazier is the chief author for the Minnesota State House. This incredible victory will restore voting rights for our Northside neighbors and I am so grateful for Senator ChampionRepresentative Frazier, and countless community leaders who have been fighting for over two decades to reach this moment.

After numerous hours of debate, early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Senate passed the “Driver’s Licenses for All” bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a state’s driver’s license.

“This is a huge win for Minnesota’s immigrant movement,” said Senator Zaynab Mohamed, the Minneapolis Democrat who authored the bill. “I am so proud to have co-led this effort to restore the freedom to drive alongside my friend and colleague, Senator Champion. This victory belongs to Minnesota’s immigrants and the dedicated advocates who have bravely fought for this legislation for over 20 years. Today we sent a message to Minnesota’s undocumented community: we hear you, we see you, and you are a part of our beloved community.”

Thank you so much to Senator Mohamed, Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Representative Aisha Gomez, Representative María Isa Pérez-Vega, the “Driver’s Licenses for All” coalition, and endless community members who never lost faith that this win was possible. After over 20 years of advocacy, this bill will finally become law.

Drivers Licenses for All


Open Coffee Hours with Jeremiah

Join me from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM every Monday for Open Coffee Hours! These are informal and a chance for me to hear directly from you while we share coffee or a meal (virtually).

Office hours is on a first come first served basis. Please try not to call in past 12:50 p.m. as we want to leave enough time to chat about what you’d like to discuss.

Please RSVP below, and my staff will follow-up with the call-in details. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to Dieu Do, Policy Associate, at

Request for Proposals: Community-Led Well-Being and Trauma-Informed Projects

Hennepin County is soliciting proposals for programs, projects, ideas, and/or events that work to positively impact community health disparities and improve mental well-being outcomes for communities impacted by racial disparities in Hennepin County.

Hennepin County is committed to reducing or eliminating race-based disparities in health and has declared racism a public health crisis. The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP), Public Health Promotion (PHP), Public Health Trauma-Informed Team (TI Team), and their nonprofit partner, Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) are partnering together to offer a broad range of community health and mental well-being improvement funding opportunities prioritizing communities impacted by racial disparities in cultural, spiritual, faith-based, and geographic communities in Hennepin County.

The intent of this funding is to enable local organizations to lift up community-driven ideas, recommendations, and solutions to strengthen communities and build relationships.

Organizations that submit applications as part of this solicitation will choose a maximum of two focus areas below:

  • Community Healing
  • Organizational Change Toward Becoming Trauma-Informed
  • Inform Local Government’s Trauma-Informed Journey
  • Social Connections in Rental Communities
  • Spiritual/Faith/Cultural Trauma-Response
  • Non-Western Healing Modalities
  • Child/Family Gun Violence Exposure
  • Preventative Service Delays/Gaps

Proposal Timeline

How to Submit A Proposal

  • RFP materials are posted in the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. Select Contracting Opportunities, and look for the RFP titled “Community-Led Wellbeing & Trauma-Informed Projects.”  Note: The Supplier Portal has been upgraded and has a new look. Use the updated link above to navigate to the Supplier Portal. Updated instructions and videos can be found on the Supplier Portal help page.

Providers will submit proposals via the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. Providers who do not already have a Supplier Portal account first need to register with the Supplier Portal in order to submit their application.

Metro Transit light rail

Community Workshops on Blue Line Extension Route Options

Join Metro Transit for community workshops to discuss opportunities, impacts and potential solutions for businesses and residents along the route options in Minneapolis. Project staff will be on hand to share the latest design and environmental updates and take your questions. You can come and go at any time.

In-Person Community Workshop

  • 21st Avenue vs West Broadway Route Options
    • Tuesday, March 7, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Cub Community Center, 701 West Broadway Ave.

Community Meetings about the Recommended Route and Stations

Since fall 2022, the Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County have been working through the environmental review process to understand the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts and benefits of the route options for the Blue Line Extension. The findings from the technical analysis completed to date, along with ongoing public feedback and agency coordination, will determine a single recommended route and station locations by this summer.

Hear a project update, learn more about the environmental impacts and benefits of the options studied, and give your feedback on the recommended route and station locations advancing in your community.

In-Person Community Meetings

  • Minneapolis – Option 1
    • Monday, March 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Capri Theater, 2027 West Broadway Ave.
  • Minneapolis – Option 2
    • Monday, April 17, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM,  Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 West Broadway Ave.

Virtual Community Meetings 

Find meeting materials, request assistance to participate in the events, and find ways to share feedback at the project website at

Apply for the Partnership Engagement Fund

The Partnership Engagement Fund at the City of Minneapolis funds community organizations working with neighborhood organizations on projects that engage under-represented groups in local decision-making.

Please visit the City website for more information and contact this email,, with any additional questions or concerns.

Find Free or Discounted Internet

You might be eligible for free or low-cost internet services. The City is partnering with local providers to help make the internet more accessible.

Resources include:

  • Discounted internet for household use.
  • Free temporary internet access at Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Free internet access to public sector information including City, County and State resources.
  • Low-cost computers.
  • Public computer access.
  • Personal help from a “digital navigator.”

Call 311, email 311 or look on the City website to find details, a list of resources and how to find out if you qualify for different internet services programs.

To help others find these resources, Hennepin County has developed flyers in four languages to share.

The Affordable Connectivity Program helps households pay for internet service and get a discount on a device. Find out if you qualify for the program on the Hennepin County website.


State of Minnesota’s Free Financial Aid Sessions for Students and Families

Free financial aid events are available to Minnesota students and families via Zoom on Tuesdays in February. The series is intended for current high school students and will cover general information about the financial aid process, details on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Minnesota Dream Act for undocumented students, and other ways to pay for college. All sessions will have interpretation in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.

Attendees can ask questions in the chat and have them answered during the event by financial aid experts. Students who attend any of the sessions will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 scholarship (one entry per session attended). Space is limited.

These sessions are offered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota Department of Education, ECMC The College Place and Minnesota Goes to College.

For session dates, topics and to register:

Job Coaching

Take Your Career to the Next Level with Free Coaching and Training

Find free and full career services, work that works for you, and free training to take your career to the next level with Job Power.

Free Job Coaching

  • Explore resources for training and job searches.
  • Find the career that fits you best.
  • Update or create your resume, prepare for interviews, and search for jobs.

Free Career Training

  • Build new skills and strengthen your talents for in-demand careers.
  • Free industry-specific career and technical training.
  • Three- to 12-week programs to careers with high earning potential.

 How It Works

  • Your coach can connect you to employers, interviews, career fairs and more.
  • Get seen and heard by hiring managers.
  • Find the right fit for your unique talents.
  • Access short-term training to move your career ahead.
  • Overcome personal and professional hurdles.
  • Gain new perspectives and new opportunities.

Find Support

  • Support for your job success includes:
    • Child care.
    • Housing.
    • Health and wellness.
    • Transportation.
    • Technology and skill-building.
  • Services are offered in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish.

Get Started

Community Resources

Community Resources

Are you experiencing struggles with food insecurity, housing, career readiness, and legal matters? Are you in need of help? Please look below to see which resources can be beneficial to you.

Career Readiness

  • Project for Pride in Living (PPL)

    • PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and career readiness services.

Family Support & Educational Programming 

  • Way to Grow 

    • Way to Grow is a nonprofit organization on the Northside that provides free, year-round family support and educational programming for families in Minneapolis and in surrounding suburbs.

Food Insecurity

Housing/Tenant Protections 

  • Home Line 

    • This organization provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education, and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems.

  • United Renters for Justice/Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia

    • United Renters for Justice/Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia is a base-building nonprofit working to transform the Minneapolis housing system.

Legal Representation

  • Attorney General Keith Ellison’s Office

    • The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office appreciates hearing from members of the public. In many cases, they are able to provide direct assistance to people. Hearing from members of the public also alerts us to problems occurring in the marketplace.

  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

    • This organization provides free legal aid to people with low-income, disabilities, and seniors in 20 Central Minnesota counties. These services include, but are not limited to:

      • Debt collection and unfair loans

      • Disability-related cases

      • Divorce and child custody

      • Domestic violence

      • Elder abuse

      • Housing discrimination and evictions

      • Immigration and citizenship

      • IRS Tax Issues

Job Opening

Employment Opportunities for Adults & Youth

The City of Minneapolis has a ton of job opportunities that span across multiple departments. If you’re interested, please view and apply for jobs here. 

Hennepin County also has a vast array of job openings. If you’re interested, please view and apply for jobs here. 

Kemps LLC on West Broadway also has a ton of job opportunities ranging from shift supervisor to cooler worker. If you’re interested, please view and apply here. 

Here are other FT and PT employment opportunities in the nonprofit sector near you:

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please apply and share with your communities.

Litter Be Gone volunteers picking up trash 2018

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to support youth on the Northside? Check out these volunteer mentorship opportunities!

How to Contact 311

Need to report an issue? Can’t find the right information? Minneapolis 311 can help. 311 coordinates with City departments and service providers to report your concerns, find you information and connect you with nonemergency City services. For example, if you report an icy sidewalk or have questions about winter parking restrictions, 311 connects with the experts in the right department to get to the bottom of it.

There are many ways to get in contact with 311 for non-emergency City information. Choose what’s easiest for you.

  • Call 311. Agents are here to answer your call 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 311 from within city limits or 612-673-3000.

  • Email 311. You can email 311 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Agents will respond 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Text 311. You can text 311 a short question any time. Just text two or three keywords to 311TXT (311898) to receive an answer from the Minneapolis 311 information database on your mobile phone.

  • Get the 311 mobile app. Report neighborhood issues on the 311 mobile app 24 hours a day.

  • TTY. 311 agents use computer-based technology so hearing-impaired callers can easily communicate with the City using TDD/TTY devices. Call TTY 612-263-6850.

  • Use the contact form. You can send 311 your comments or questions on the website contact form. 

City Offering Free COVID-19 Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccine image

All community members 5 and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine are invited to get a free vaccination during an event offered by the City of Minneapolis.

Vaccination continues to be one of the most important ways for people to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Anyone 5 years and older who may have delayed getting their updated vaccination can stop by these community clinics and reduce their risk of getting or spreading COVID.

Upcoming Pfizer Vaccination Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM, A Mother’s Love, Northside Community Center, 701 W. Broadway

Find details and any updates on the City website.

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350 South 5th Street, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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